Man’s Best Friend May Help Seniors Get Fit

In a new small study, researchers monitored the activity levels of 86 people age 65 and older, half of which were dog owners, for three weeks. They found that the dog owners in the study walked an average of 22 minutes more and took 2,760 more steps per day than the non-dog owners. Lead author Dr. Philippa Dall adds, “Over the course of a week this additional time spent walking may in itself be sufficient to meet [World Health Organization] recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.” BMC Public Health, June 2017